Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Designer Speak: Tejal Mathur

Tejal Mathur is a household name when it comes to chic and elegant interior designing. She started her design studio in 1998 and has garnered recognition and won multiple esteemed accolades. Her design studio is known as Tejal Mathur Designs, earlier Team Design. Credited with projects like the British Brewing Company, Pali Village Café and many other restaurants, cafes and even private residences, Tejal Mathur dominates the cards for those who have a fine taste for aesthetics. In this round of the testimonial Q and A, we bring you a conversation with the expert, Tejal Mathur.


BFT: What office spaces have you done using Bharat floorings?
TM: Trilegal (Law Office), One India Bulls Centre, Tower One, Mumbai and many more.

BFT: What kind of feedback have you received regarding the flooring from your friends and family?
TM: BFT is a go to place for enduring stunning floors and easy to use.

BFT: What trends do you see in office spaces?
TM: We see standing work stations with touch screen tables that double up as writing boards. Informal but state of the art a personal library wall where books and ideas are exchanged, a video wall with plays apps for recreation.


BFT: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we say Bharat Floorings, and how is your relationship with the brand?
TM: We choose BFT to achieve timelessness and handmade processes. We have mostly used them in all our projects. We know them before we started working with them and I think each and every person has stepped once on Bharat Floors.
 
BFT: Your personal favourite collection of tiles from BFT.
TM: Shibori Range by Studio Wodehouse as it is versatile. Japanese Line by Sian Pascale.
 
BFT: One word to describe Bharat Floorings would be…..
TM: Culturally Relevant.

The above conversation is from an interview during a past event on Creative Work Spaces. More interviews coming soon.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Designer Speak: Shilpa and Sameer Balvally

The third round of our testimonial Q and A brings you expertise from Shilpa and Sameer Balvally. It is something remarkable. It revolves around creative office spaces and was taken during an event at Rise – Mumbai, a co-working office space designed by the duo in collaboration with foreign architects and the client.

Shilpa and Sameer founded Studio Osmosis in January 2010. From big entrepreneur homes to the hippest of restaurants, commercial spaces and Hospitals, Studio Osmosis, in its 7 year journey, has transformed spaces with a knack for providing that X factor that makes them stand apart from the rest. Following is an extract from the said interview with Shilpa and Sameer Balvally.



BFT: Kindly tell our readers about yourself and your work.
SB: We founded Studio Osmosis with an aim to transform quality of lifestyle through the spaces we design, be it interior or architecture, the firm beautifully balances its youthful enthusiasm with experience gathered by working with clients all over the world. The Studio’s foundation is based on the genesis of the ‘Osmosis’ phenomenon by absorbing the individual needs of the client, working cohesively on the design and collaboratively arriving at a solution which is not only creative but also tangible and sustainable.

BFT: How would you quote something for Creative Work Spaces?
SB: “Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.” by Steve Jobs.
And “You don’t think your way to creative work. You work your way to creative thinking.” by George Nelson.

BFT: What office spaces have you done using Bharat floorings?
SB: At SJ contracts office Pune, we used it extensively to bring out the character and ethos. At Barclay's Rise coworking center in the heart of Mumbai  we collaborated along with Paul Croft Studio and Born Design as Designers and recommended bharat flooring. We've also used it at restaurants like Eddie's Bistro bandra and Pizza express as well as residences.

BFT: What made you choose BFT for Rise co-working space?
SB: We recommended BFT for RISE  to the client and the foreign designers as soon as we saw the original RISE global culture in other world cities. The Indian pioneer  needed a contemporary yet Indian touch with versatility, fun, colour and a unique character to the space and bharat flooring did exactly that.  It help create zones without boundaries. For the office, it resounded and augmented the company's logo and branding, construction industry  significance,  the working culture  and flow as well as ethos. 


BFT: What kind of feedback have you received regarding the flooring from your friends and family?
SB: The feedback has been very positive. BFT patterns are loved and appreciated by all. BFT provides a variety of flooring options to choose from and also the possibility for customization as well as flexibility thus leaving a lot to designers’ imagination and creativity.

BFT: What trends do you see in office spaces?
SB: Efficiency in planning, zoning and flexibility is the key to designing small office spaces.

BFT: How should be smaller offices with less space designed? 
SB: Offices with less space need to be planned well keeping in the client, his working culture and philosophy, work relationships as well as site constraints or opportunities in order to ensure optimum utilization of the space.

BFT: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we say Bharat Floorings, and how is your relationship with the brand?
SB: ‘Make in India’ and contemporary Indian ethos is synonymous with Bharat flooring. The relation is one which always says- ‘Give me more ‘

BFT: Your personal favourite collection of tiles from BFT.
SB: Terrazzo tiles- very flexible and love the art deco feel that it has plus tile is as versatile as your imagination.

BFT: One word to describe Bharat Floorings would be…..
SB: ‘Versatile’

The above conversation is from an interview during a past event on Creative Work Spaces. More interviews coming soon.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Designer Speak: Richa Bahl

We bring you the second round of the testimonial Q and A, this time with Richa Bahl. Richa Bahl is a familiar name in the interior designing circuit, especially among the B-Towners.  She discovered her passion for interior designing when she started designing her own home.

Richa Bahl began her professional design studio from 2009 and since then it’s been exciting journey of design and more. Her choices and influences are based the various travels to different parts of the world and hence her love towards a fusion of bringing the old and new together. She has been featured in design magazines such as Elle decor and Inside Outside. Her clientele includes the likes of Anurag Kashyap, Kangana Ranaut and Alia Bhatt.


BFT: How would you quote something for Creative Work Spaces?
RB: "A good looking work space is motivation enough to go work every day”

BFT: What office spaces have you done using Bharat floorings?
RB: Phantom Films. I wanted to use the range of tiles from Bharat Floorings which are not traditional looking but have a modern yet look vintage feel. Since it’s a creative space the tile patterns I chose were more 3D looking and add the element of fun as well. The flooring pattern takes you to another zone. The different floorings have been used on the two different floors.

BFT: What kind of feedback have you received regarding the flooring from your friends and family?
RB: The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The employees love the flooring and enjoy using the space. They have observed the details of the floor, they like the different patterns and it gives them a great sense of pride to be part of the space.

BFT: What trends do you see in office spaces?
RB: More community spaces within the offices where people can interact and exchange ideas. Typical cubicle style seating is going away. 

BFT: How should be smaller offices with less space designed?
RB: Open seating plan for all levels of employees, more use of natural light and less reliance on artificial light.

BFT: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we say Bharat Floorings, and how is your relationship with the brand?
RB: I love using Bharat Floorings. It gives me a sense of connection to old India, growing up year’s nostalgia. It gives me the ability to choose from traditional to modern. I can choose for my different themes/projects.

BFT: Your personal favourite collection of tiles from BFT.
RB: I love using different patterns for different projects, but I am very fond of In-situ collection and BFT range of colours and their Heritage™ tiles collection.

BFT: One word to describe Bharat Floorings would be…..
RB: Nostalgic.

The above conversation is from an interview during a past event on Creative Work Spaces. More interviews coming soon.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Designer Speak: Rubel Dhuna

While some are eagerly waiting for HBO to air the next season of Game of Thrones, few others prefer to read the story word by word and allow their imagination to explore the playground. We’ve being posting video testimonies for quite some time now, and we thought why let the classic format of interview die in the pursuit of technological dependence. Hence, here we are with a segment of testimonial interviews in the glorious Q and A format with some renowned interior designers and architects.

To begin with, we have Rubel Dhuna, the founder and chief architect of RDa (Rubel Dhuna Architects). Based in Mumbai, Dhuna is a LEED Accredited Professional from the USA. She has previously worked for Design Development Group (DDG) in Baltimore (USA), projects in Turkey, urban planning of Lavassa and construction of 2 award-wining projects in India.


BFT:  Kindly tell our readers about yourself and your work.
RD: I’m Rubel Dhuna, the founder and principal architect at RDa (Rubel Dhuna architects). Since its inception, the studio has worked on a gamut of projects in architectural and interior spaces, ranging from luxury residences, retail spaces to industrial and bespoke office interiors. My philosophy is to create memorable experiences through insightful design. Experimenting with materials and patterns is a significant part of my design process, and I constantly seek ways to embrace natural light and craft elegant and timeless spaces through simple details.

BFT: How would you quote something for Creative Work Spaces?
RD: A work space is a true reflection of a company’s spirit and culture.  Regardless of which profession you belong to, a work space can be designed as inspiring and inviting.  It is essential to blur the lines between work and life by designing a healthy and comfortable work environment. Flexible layouts, maximizing natural light and plantations will never go out of style.

BFT:  What office spaces have you done using Bharat floorings?
RD: The Lawyers Chamber and the Jamsandekar’s chamber, both in Fort, and the Examiner Press Building on the Dalal Street.

BFT: What kind of feedback have you received regarding the flooring from your friends and family?
RD: People instantly fall in love with the patterns and colours.     

BFT: What trends do you see in office spaces?
RD: 
1. Outside coming in is always a welcome trend.
2. Celebrating older trends by mixing retro styling with plenty of textures, patterns and vintage pieces.
3. Open office plans are here to stay, allowing greater interaction between co-workers and easy exchange of ideas. Having said that, there is a resurgence of privacy and acoustics in the workplace.

BFT: How should be smaller offices with less space designed?
RD: An Office is not merely a workspace; it is where you spend most of your waking time. It is basically where life happens. Flexibility is the key. The ability to transform a space with minimal intervention can make it multifunctional and fun. To be able to experience the entire volume available rather than being restricted to smaller claustrophobic spaces is highly preferred.

BFT: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we say Bharat Floorings, and how is your relationship with the brand?
RD: We have used Bharat Floorings for many of our projects – residential and commercial spaces. The fact that they are versatile and have a wide range of designs makes it a ‘flooring haven’ for designers.

BFT: Your personal favourite collection of tiles from BFT.
RD: The LeMill Collection and the Origametes. Also, the amazing pastels colours available in the terrazzo floors are an all time favourite.

BFT: One word to describe Bharat Floorings would be…..
RD: CHARMING.

The above conversation is from an interview during a past event on Creative Work Spaces. More interviews coming soon.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

A Splashy Affair

Monsoon is fast approaching and soon the city will be all drenched, for some with the splashes of joy while for others with the mean drool of nature. Either ways, it’s all going to be wet and slippery all over again. Some people pull out their least favourite clothes to wear, with their raincoats or umbrellas, out of the closet. Some people simply choose to enjoy the drops running down their skins. As everyone gears up to battle the rains, Bharat Floorings too uncovers the non-slippery outdoor range of tiles.


In the early nineteenth century, Bharat Floorings introduced Stilan®, a range of non-slip heavy duty tiles. Believed to be made using ingredients next to diamonds in hardness, these tiles have an incredible and unmatched history. The Stilan® tiles have been used across many Central Railway and Western Railway platforms. India’s busiest railway station, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or commonly abbreviated as CST, has them installed where lakhs of commuters walk every day. Existing there for over fifteen years now, it provides a silent testimony of their unmatched strength and beauty. Most of Mumbai’s textile mills that existed before Phoenix Mills arrived used the Stilan® tiles for their shop floors. Soon the factories, warehouses and compounds of Hindustan Lever, TELCO, Jindal, Raymonds, and many others were floored with Stilan® tiles. They are also used by some of the most prestigious and elegant buildings across India including the historic Flora Fountain in south Mumbai. For a more contemporary example, the Stilan® tiles have also been installed at the platforms of the Mumbai Metro stations.


With monsoon just around the corner, durability and grip is one major concern amongst people. Be it a place of commercial, private or public commute; some tragic and otherwise funny accidents often happen while the floor is wet and slippery. Bharat Floorings to the rescue! Often seen in parking lots, around swimming pools and other areas with chances of water spillage, the Stilan® tiles are ideal; or rather perfect, in order to prevent such incidents. So watch your step! 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Bored Rooms are for Suits!

Saturday, May 20, 2017 had an evening worth remembering. Bharat Floorings and Tiles organised an event with renowned architects and interior designers at Rise Mumbai. The said location was carefully selected based on the theme of the evening - Creative Work Spaces.

Rise Mumbai is a co-working space designed in a very creative and cheerful fashion. For any given Creative Work Space, the place itself needs to have elements that inspire creativity. Rise Mumbai brings that out perfectly. It makes you believe in ideas and motivates you to think out of the box. Every corner, every edge of this place is colourful and cheerful. It lifts up the mood. A positive mind has endless possibilities. Rise Mumbai brings out the positive in you.


The event comprised of a panel discussion with the likes of Ruben Dhuna of Rda architects, Richa Bahl, Shilpa Balvally and Sameer Balvally of Studio Osmosis, Tejal Mathur and Zameer Basrai of The Busride Design Studio. All have collaborated with Bharat Floorings on multiple occasions in the past. A very filtered list of guests who belong to the interior designing circuit was invited to be a part of the evening. The crux of the panel discussion was to share ideas and opinions that positively attribute to interior designing and architecture when it comes to work spaces.


The evening started with a formal introduction to Bharat Floorings as a brand by Firdaus Variava, the vice-chairman, who also hosted the occasion. One after another the panel members were invited on stage to present their works and share their ideas and opinions within the context of designing offices and work spaces. Soon the air of formal conversations cleared and made way for lighter and more casual talks. What followed next was an interactive session between the panel members and the guests on tips and trends that work for office spaces.

The evening concluded over dinner and drinks, not to forget Casablanca Rose Spumante, a sparkling wine provided by Good Earth Winery. It was an enriching experience for not only the guests but also for the panel members and the BFT team to explore different perspectives under one roof.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Walls of Fame

Floors often capture our attention, but so do the walls. If that wasn’t true people would not spend handsome amounts on decorating their home or office walls. Some purchase works of art and frame them on the verticals while others make use of expensive props. Some people get their walls artistically painted while others settle for wallpapers. Call it an interior designing trend or a matter of personal choice, but every other person wants the walls around him to carry some aesthetic appeal. Catering to this faddish necessity is Bharat Floorings and Tiles with a variety of classic and modern options.

Bharat Floorings, known for some of the most beautiful flooring designs, produces wall tiles that are in tune with the former. Use the exact same design to create a continuous pattern or shuffle between multiple designs to create a sense of divergence; everything works with the right designs and colours. Wall tiles can be found in kitchens and bathrooms of houses, offices, restaurants and other personal and commercial places. A variety of designs from the Heritage™ collection of tiles are quite popular among interior designers and non-professional decorators alike. Creating a checkerboard pattern with different colours of Heritage™ tiles, and the Inverlochy™ pattern have always been the hot favourites.


It’s human nature to seek something that makes us stand out from the ten others doing the same thing. When wall tiles start to get too mainstream within your circle, Bharat Floorings and Tiles offers you a neat collection of wall claddings to choose from. Claddings are almost always intended to be stylistic rather than functional and are usually designed to help accent a particular feature or room. Though they can conceivably cover every surface in a house or building, it’s more common to find wall claddings in just one or two key areas. Decorative panels, wood panelling, and decorative stone and brick have always been in demand. Coelo, Circle of Life, Hills and Valley, Hexar, Turkish delight, and Carven are some of the available patterns with Bharat Floorings with the Hexagonal claddings being the latest addition.


Get your walls a decorative upgrade with Bharat Floorings and tiles. Customise on your own or check out options at Wall Tiles and Wall Cladding.